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A controversial startup that charges $8,000 to fill your veins with young blood is opening its first clinic

A startup called Ambrosia Medical that charges $8,000 to fill your veins with the blood of young people plans to launch its first clinic in New York City at the end of this year. Founded by Stanford graduate Jesse Karmazin, the company recently completed the first clinical trial designed to assess the benefits of young blood transfusions. Although his team has not yet published the results of the trial, Karmazin said the results were "really positive." To startup founder and Stanford Medical...
Tags: New York, Stanford, New York City, US, Trends, Monterey, UC Berkeley, Young, Stanford University, Ambrosia, University of California at Berkeley, National Institute, David Wright, Cavalier, Monterey California, Stanford Medical


A former Facebook exec initially turned down the job — but a few weeks later, she had a change of heart based on a metric she still uses today

Libby Leffler, a former Facebook executive and Google employee, is now the vice president of membership at SoFi. Leffler initially turned down the opportunity to work at Facebook when the company approached her in 2008. She changed her mind when she realized she'd be able to learn and experiment a lot in the new role. In 2008, Libby Leffler was offered a job at Facebook. At the time, Leffler was an account strategist at Google — which, she told Business Insider, was a much more established an...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Navy, Trends, Silicon Valley, SoFi, Sandberg, Leffler, Libby Leffler, SoFi Leffler, Facebook Leffler, Harvard Business School Leffler, Sheryl Sandberg Leffler


Tesla's problems are growing — here's everything that has gone wrong so far this year (TSLA)

Tesla has a history of proving its doubters wrong, but this year, the automaker has faced a number of challenges. From CEO Elon Musk's erratic behavior to questions about its financial health and ability to build cars at scale, Tesla may be at an inflection point. Whether Tesla can overcome recent challenges could determine whether 2018 sets the stage for another improbable triumph or raises serious questions about the company's future. Tesla has a history of beating the odds.  CEO Elon Musk ...
Tags: Elon Musk, Trends, Tesla, TSLA, Amazon Web Services, Musk, Fiat Chrysler, Huang, Mountain View California, General Motors Ford, RedLock, Tesla Amazon, Fortune Tesla, Walter Huang


Facebook is being sued by an ex-content moderator who says she got PTSD from exposure to graphic and 'toxic' content on the job (FB)

Facebook is being sued by a former content moderator in a lawsuit seeking class action status. The moderator alleges she experienced PTSD because of her job and that Facebook failed to provide a safe working environment. Content moderators are tasked with policing illegal and unsavory content online, and can be exposed to child abuse imagery, graphic violence, and other dark material. Facebook is facing another legal headache — this time over work conditions for staffers tasked with keeping t...
Tags: Google, Facebook, California, Samsung, San Francisco, Trends, Silicon Valley, Wall Street Journal, Signal, San Mateo, Scola, Inside Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, Selena Scola


Comcast's $40-billion deal for Sky is all about Netflix (NFLX, CMSA, FOXA, DIS, BSY)

Comcast's $40-billion deal for Sky will allow it to expand its global reach. The deal strengthens its content offerings to take on Netflix and Amazon. The fate of Hulu and Fox's stake in Sky may now be set for possible asset swaps, analysts say. Watch Comcast, 21st Century Fox, Walt Disney and Sky trade in real time. Comcast's $40-billion acquisition of the European broadcaster Sky will strengthen its global footprint in content creation to take on Netflix and Amazon. The US cable giant, whi...
Tags: Amazon, Time Warner, Disney, US, Trends, Fox, Netflix, Comcast, Ubs, Sky, Nbc Universal, Rupert Murdoch, Hulu, 21st Century Fox, Samsung Galaxy Note, Disney Fox


How Sony created the perfect video game controller

In 1997 Sony's Teiyu Goto designed what became the standard for video game controllers. The DualShock controller used a curved design that fits more comfortably in player's hands. And the inclusion of two analog sticks allowed for a greater range of controller input. Sony's DualShock controller ushered in a new standard for video game consoles. Now, almost all controllers look the same.  Following is a transcript of the video. Narrator: You've probably seen this before. It's a PlayStation 4 ...
Tags: Microsoft, Trends, Sony, Nintendo, Super Mario Brothers, Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Metroid, Teiyu Goto, Neil Mansfield


BMW's new electric SUV concept is loaded with impressive tech — here's a look at its best features

BMW recently unveiled an electric concept SUV, the Vision iNEXT, with plans for the vehicle to enter the market in 2021.  The vehicle will feature technology that includes autonomous driving, voice control activation, single-touch input response technology, and a projector light that can beam out images, moving content, or interactive video graphics.  BMW says the car will be highly automated, fully connected, and completely emission-free. "The iNEXT project will provide our building blocks fo...
Tags: Facebook, Germany, US, Trends, Tesla, Bmw, BMW Group, Harald Kr, Board of Management, BMW Vision iNEXT, BMW Group BMW


Startups like Everlane and Allbirds are turning this once-struggling real-estate market into a hotbed of retail activity

Allbirds recently opened its first flagship store in SoHo. It's the most recent of many e-commerce startups to open up in that neighborhood, including popular retail startups like Everlane and Casper.  According to Nicole LaRusso, Director of Research & Analysis for CBRE Tri-State, there are a few reasons that brands keep choosing this neighborhood, from attracting the customers that they're targeting to the dropping rent prices.  We went to SoHo to see how prevalent this trend was for ourselv...
Tags: Trends, Manhattan, Cbre, Everlane, Soho, NoHo, Allbirds, NYC CBRE, Nicole LaRusso Director, of Research Analysis, CBRE Tri State, Everlane Allbirds Casper, Nolita Being, Nicole LaRusso Director of Research Analysis, Prince Street Spring Street


Google is 20 years old — here's what it looked like when it first launched (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its search engine launching on Thursday.  It's changed a lot in 20 years. For a peek at what Google's search results looked like back then, search "Google in 1998." Google turns 20 years old this month. Google Search was the first product from the tech giant now known as part of Alphabet, and Google's been celebrating the milestone all week on social media: Ahead of our 20th anniversary, here’s a look at the next chapter of Google Search ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Yahoo, Trends


The final season of the fan-favorite 'The Walking Dead' video game may be left without an ending after huge layoffs at its developer

"The Walking Dead: The Final Season" video game may be left unfinished due to layoffs at Telltale Games Since 2012, "The Walking Dead" players have been making their own choices in the story-driven, critically-acclaimed video game. "The Final Season," which recently started, promised to finally wrap the story after so many years.  "The Walking Dead: The Final Season" was scheduled to last for four playable episodes — but now, episode 2, due out September 24th, will likely be the last. Video g...
Tags: Trends, Hutchinson, Clementine, Clem, Telltale, Melissa Hutchison, Melissa Hutchinson


Demand for the larger and more expensive iPhone XS Max may be significantly higher than its smaller brother (AAPL)

Demand for the larger and more expensive iPhone XS Max outpaces demand for the smaller iPhone XS, according to a research note from reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The largest iPhone XS storage configuration, 512GB, is also "subject to a serious shortage," according to the research. In terms of color, gold and "space grey" iPhones seem to be more popular than the silver iPhone XS models.  Demand for the larger and more expensive iPhone XS Max is far outpacing its smaller sibling, TF Internati...
Tags: Apple, Asia, Japan, Samsung, Trends, Tiger Woods, Lg, Aapl, Ming Chi Kuo, Kuo, Pegatron, Watch Apple, TF International Securities, Xs Max, Largan LG Innotek Hon hai


Apple's new Mac software is now available to download — here are the 7 best features in 'Mojave' (AAPL)

Apple unveiled the newest version of the Mac operating system at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, but finally released it to the public this week. MacOS Mojave is a free update to Mac users, and it's a pretty big upgrade. Not only will it help you stay organized and get work done more efficiently, it also features several aesthetic choices to make using a Mac more visually pleasing. Take a look at the 7 best new features in MacOS Mojave:SEE ALSO: 21 game-changing announcements...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Mac App Store, Wwdc, Mojave, Mac App Store Apple, Macos Mojave, Mojave AAPL


The 5 movies or TV shows coming to Netflix this week that are worth watching

New titles come and go on Netflix every week, but choosing what to stream can be a daunting task. That's why every week Business Insider will suggest what Netflix users should watch that is either new or leaving. This week sees a variety of titles arriving to the service, and only a couple that are leaving. The titles include "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," and a Netflix original horror movie. New movies and TV shows coming this week: "Pirates of the Caribbean: The ...
Tags: Benedict Cumberbatch, Disney, Trends, Netflix, Green Room, Ava Duvernay, Caribbean, Jeffrey Wright, Jeremy Saulnier, Pirates, Black Peal Movie


The 19 original shows Apple is producing in its push into TV as an 'expensive NBC'

Apple's $1 billion push into original TV programming has gotten off to a slow start.  The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday that quality control issues from Apple CEO Tim Cook have largely been responsible for the company's delayed production of the more than dozen shows it has ordered. Cook reportedly scrapped Dr. Dre's original series, "Vital Signs," (which was already shot) over concerns about explicit scenes that included  cocaine use, an orgy, and "drawn guns."   Several other shows ...
Tags: Apple, Cook, Nbc, Reese Witherspoon, Abc, Trends, Cnn, Tim Cook, Nba, Bob, Sony Pictures Television, Wall Street Journal, Steven Spielberg, Hannibal, WSJ, Kevin Durant


iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max buyers are complaining that their new devices have bad WiFi and cell signal (AAPL)

Owners of Apple's new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, officially released on Friday, are reporting poor WiFi and cell signal strength. A report from a wireless technology blog seems to confirm that the new iPhones demonstrate less signal strength than last year's iPhones in lab testing. The issues might be growing pains for new iPhone owners, as Apple can potentially fix the issues with software updates, after gathering a bunch of real-world data.  Early adopters of Apple's new iPhone XS and iPh...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Reddit, Aapl, Brandon, Watch Apple, Justin Flood


5 new game trailers you shouldn't miss, from 'Kingdom Hearts 3' to the remake of the fan-favorite 'Resident Evil 2'

Tokyo Game Show is an annual showcase for Japanese developers. 298,600 people attended Tokyo Game Show 2018 from September 20th and 23rd, a record for the event. Japanese publishers Capcom, Konami, and Square Enix released new trailers for their upcoming AAA titles. Nearly 300,000 packed the halls of Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan over the weekend for Tokyo Game Show 2018, the country's largest annual video game showcase. Japanese developers use the event to make major announcements and to gi...
Tags: Japan, Norman Reedus, Disney, Trends, Tokyo, Sega, Caribbean, Square Enix, Yakuza, Kingdom Hearts, Hideo Kojima, Kojima, Capcom, Makuhari Messe, Jack Sparrow, Chiba Japan


AMD is a better deal than Nvidia — and its stock could soar by 30%, RBC says (AMD)

AMD surged 3% Monday after RBC Capital Markets initiated coverage with a "buy" rating. The bank says AMD is a better buy than Nvidia, and placed a $40 price target on the stock. Watch AMD trade in real time here.  RBC Capital Markets on Monday initiated coverage of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), saying the stock is trading at a "notable discount" compared to its semiconductor competitor Nvidia. Analyst Mitch Steves based his $40 price target — which is tied for the highest on Wall Street and ...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Nvidia, Amd, Gpu, TSMC, Rbc, Steves, RBC Capital Markets, Advanced Micro Devices AMD, NVDA AMD, Mitch Steves


Verizon and AT&T are banking on 5G to connect every device on the planet to the Internet, and it could be a $1.1 trillion opportunity

Every industry, every vertical, and nearly every aspect of humanity will be impacted by 5G, according to a Cowen research note. The analysts believe that IoT represents the biggest 5G opportunity for the carriers. Verizon and AT&T have invested in teams that build out these 5G use cases for IoT. As the Big 4 wireless carriers race toward 5G adoption, much of the focus is on the blazing speeds 5G is expected to eventually offer. But the bigger opportunity for the telco giants might b...
Tags: Verizon, Navy, Samsung, Los Angeles, Trends, Garmin, Mobile World Congress, GSMA, AT T, Harrington, Cowen, Warner Media, GPT, Mobeen Khan, Sean Harrington, John Stankey


iPhone XS and XS Max buyers are complaining that their new devices have bad WiFi and cell signal (AAPL)

Owners of Apple's new iPhone XS and XS Max, officially released on Friday, are reporting poor WiFi and cell signal strength. A report from a wireless-technology blog said the new iPhones demonstrated less signal strength than last year's iPhones in lab testing. The issues might be growing pains for new iPhone owners, and it's possible Apple could fix them with software updates after gathering a bunch of real-world data. Early adopters of Apple's new iPhone XS and XS Max are reporting poor WiF...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Reddit, Max, Aapl, Brandon, Watch Apple, Justin Flood


The future of Amazon's Alexa is visual (AMZN)

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers hours before appearing on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here. Amazon’s striving to make visually aided voice experiences available on consumers’ screen-enabled Alexa devices. The company   introduced   a new design language for developers called Alexa Presentations Language (APL), enabling them to craft Alexa voice skills that adopt visual elements such as GIFs, images, vid...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Alexa, APL, Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider Intelligence Apps, Alexa Presentations Language APL, Alexa Smart Screen and TV SDK


Apple's biggest phone is less likely to break when dropped than the smaller iPhone XS (AAPL, GLW, ALL)

Apple's phones are beautiful but have fragile designs full of glass. SquareTrade, a device insurer, has performed so-called "drop tests" on the two new iPhone XS devices. The glass on both devices broke when dropped from six feet.  But the test found that the iPhone XS Max, with a bigger screen, was only a "medium risk" to break, as compared to the smaller iPhone XS, which was scored as a "high risk" to break.  Did you spend over $1000 on a new iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max this weekend? You mig...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Trends, Allstate, SquareTrade


Chinese tech stocks are getting slammed after China accused the US of being a trade bully and canceled negotiations (NIO, JD, IQ, PDD, BIDU, BABA)

China, on Monday, accused the US of being a trade bully and attacked the "protectionist" practices of the Trump administration, hours after a new round of tariffs against went into effect. China canceled trade talks with the US that were planned for the coming days. Chinese tech stocks dropped on the news. Watch Alibaba, iQiyi, JD.com, Baidu.com, Pinduoduo, Nio trade in real time here. Chinese  tech stocks  are sliding after China accused the US of being a trade bully, and  said it won't h...
Tags: Washington, White House, China, US, Trends, Beijing, Alibaba, Baidu, Iq, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Trump, Baba, US China, NIO, BIDU


Chinese tech stocks are getting slammed after China accused the US as a trade bully and canceled trade negotiations (NIO, JD, IQ, PDD, BIDU, BABA)

China, on Monday, accused the US of being a trade bully and attacked the "protectionist" practices of the Trump administration, hours after a new round of tariffs against went into effect. China canceled trade talks with the US that were planned for the coming days. Chinese tech stocks dropped on the news. Watch Alibaba, iQiyi, JD.com, Baidu.com, Pinduoduo, Nio trade in real time here. Chinese  tech stocks  are sliding after China accused the US of being a trade bully, and  said it won't h...
Tags: Washington, White House, China, US, Trends, Beijing, Alibaba, Baidu, Iq, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Trump, Baba, US China, NIO, BIDU


I drove a $53,000 Toyota Tundra pickup to see if it could hang with Chevy and Ford — here's the verdict

The Toyota Tundra is typically the fourth-best-selling full-size pickup truck in the US. The Tundra is aging, but it has a reliable design that's up against new pickups from Chevy, Ford, and RAM. Despite its age, I thought the Tundra was a great pickup that is notably easy to drive and, in an upscale trim package, comes with a lot of luxurious features.    In the world of the full-size pickup truck, the Ford F-150 rules the realm. Its perennial challengers are the Chevy Silverado and the RAM ...
Tags: Facebook, New York, US, Trends, Ford, New Jersey, Toyota, Chevy, Detroit, Chevy Silverado, Chevy Ford


Experts explain how Amazon movie 'Life Itself,' from the creator of 'This Is Us,' became the biggest box-office flop of 2018

Amazon Studios gave "Life Itself" the widest release ever for one of its movies — and it backfired. The movie played on over 2,600 screens but made only $2.1 million (a $807 per-screen average). It is the worst performance this year by a movie released in over 2,500 theaters. Unlike Netflix, Amazon has played nice with movie theaters by respecting the exclusive window and releasing all its feature-length movies in theaters before launching them on its Prime streaming service. Whether through ...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Netflix, Manchester, Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Woody Allen, Antonio Banderas, Jonah Hill, Business Insider, Stone, Amazon Studios, Wilde, Isaac, Dan Fogelman, Netflix Amazon


An investor who built 13 billion dollar companies explains why it's important to be paranoid if you want to succeed

Former Google China president Kai-Fu Lee has invested in 13 companies that have attained billion dollar valuations. Among his portfolio companies' most successful entrepreneurs, Lee identifies one key quality: They're paranoid. Kai-Fu Lee is the former president of Google China and a technology investor who has funded both American and Chinese startups. Among his portfolio companies, thirteen have achieved coveted unicorn status with valuations of a billion dollars or more.  Many of these su...
Tags: Apple, Samsung, Trends, Msn, Lee, Kai Fu Lee, Google China


Tesla is reportedly offering free Model 3 deliveries as the 3rd quarter comes to an end (TSLA)

Tesla offered free delivery to some Model 3 customers over the weekend, Electrek reports. According to the publication, Tesla will continue to offer delivery to some customers in and near Los Angeles throughout the week, though the publication did not say whether the delivery service will be offered elsewhere or whether it will be free. Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment on which customers are eligible for deliveries, how long the delivery program will last, and how muc...
Tags: Elon Musk, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, TSLA, Musk, Fremont California, Electrek


Sony's PlayStation group will no longer compete with Nintendo over handheld game consoles

Sony's PlayStation group has a major hit on its hands with the PlayStation 4. It's the most popular game console in the world by a long shot. On the flipside, Sony's handheld gaming console — the PlayStation Vita — has faded into history. The end of Vita production in 2019 will mark Sony's exit from the portable gaming market. As of 2019, the only gaming company making dedicated portable gaming consoles will be Nintendo. Sony's PlayStation group is laser-focused on the PlayStation 4, and with...
Tags: Japan, Trends, Sony, Nintendo, PlayStation Vita, Vita, Don, UMD, ODA, Isaac, Sony Interactive Entertainment, PSP, Nintendo Sony, Nintendo Switch Nintendo, Hiroyuki Oda, Famitsu Moreover Sony


Emma Stone hated playing an elf on Netflix's 'Maniac' because she doesn't like the fantasy genre — and hasn't even seen 'Lord of the Rings'

Emma Stone really didn't want to play an elf on the Netflix show "Maniac." When the show's director, Cary Joji Fukunaga, suggested it, she immediately nixed it, telling the director she only liked to play real characters.  But Fukunaga told Business Insider he couldn't resist writing it into the show.   Warning: Spoilers below if you haven't seen episode seven of "Maniac." It turns out there's a reason why we've never seen Emma Stone in a fantasy movie: she only likes to play realistic charac...
Tags: Trends, Netflix, Emma Stone, Annie, Middle Earth, Jonah Hill, Hill, Patrick, Cary, Fukunaga, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Patrick Somerville, Annie Stone, Ellie Julia Garner


Salesforce and Apple stole some thunder from a big Microsoft event by announcing a new partnership (AAPL, CRM, MSFT)

Apple and Salesforce have a new partnership. Apple will help the enterprise technology giant create apps for specific industries and better training.  The announcement comes the day before Salesforce's big annual conference kicks off in San Francisco and the day that Microsoft is holding a huge enterprise app conference in Florida.  Enterprise giant Salesforce has inked an agreement with Apple to build better sales apps and training for iPhones and iPads.  There are three key parts to the Sal...
Tags: Apple, Florida, Microsoft, San Francisco, Trends, Siri, Salesforce, Sap, Marc Benioff, Orlando Florida, Dreamforce Salesforce, IBM Apple, Salesforce Salesforce, Salesforce Apple, IBM Accenture Cisco